Two friends recently challenged me to identify two different horror movies that they saw ages ago as kids and God damn, I was completely stumped. Any chance you fine folks can crack these mysteries? All I’ve got to work with is some scraps of information:
* The first horror movie would have been an eighties flick available as a VHS rental. The story featured a crazed mental patient who built lots of killer dolls. The dolls were made of flesh-colored clay or plastic (like Barbie and Ken) and one of them was armed with a scalpel. The dolls were done through stop-motion animation.
* The second horror movie would have been a late eighties/early nineties VHS title. The plot featured a serial killer who could either turn himself into electricity or possess machines (or both). The movie featured a scene in which the killer hides inside of a light bulb.
UNK SEZ: Thank you for writing in, Enzo! I hope I have your answers!
The first film you mentioned is probably the Amicus anthology ASYLUM. It’s from 1972 but had a theatrical rerelease in the states in the early eighties as HOUSE OF CRAZIES. There were at least two VHS editions, one used the original poster art and the “ASYLUM” title and the other had a more modern look and went by ASYLUM: “The House of Crazies”.
ASYLUM’s tales are all based on stories by ROBERT BLOCK. The one your friend should be interested in is called “Mannikins of Horror,” it very much fits your pal’s description. Here it is on YouTube…
This very same story though was used for an episode of the horror series MONSTERS so that could very well be what they are thinking of too. Luckily that also is on YouTube…
The second film you mentioned, I would think is WES CRAVEN’s SHOCKER from 1989. That definitely involves a killer who has electric-centric powers. I don’t remember him hiding inside a light bulb but I wouldn’t put it past the guy. That one seems almost too easy to be correct so if any of our readers know of any other titles that fit the description, please let us know! Hmmmm, wait a minute, I suppose 1993’s GHOST IN THE MACHINE might fit just as well… Here are both trailers just in case…